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Thursday, June 13 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Granny & the Robots: Sex, violence and care - Why human rights matter

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Please join us for a special talk with the United Nations Independent Expert on the rights of older persons on her work on robots and assistive technology. In the context of ageing societies, lack of health professionals and economic constraints, the use of assistive devices and robotics is increasingly seen as a cost-effective solution to make health care systems sustainable. The United Nations Independent Expert on the rights of older persons examined how these technologies and robots impact older persons’ life and the enjoyment of their rights. Assistive technologies were first designed to perform simple, routine tasks to allow human staff to dedicate more time to complex tasks. Robots are now taking on more and more medical and caregiving tasks. This inevitably affects the enjoyment by older persons of their human rights, including their dignity and autonomy, informational self-determination and non-discrimination and equality. The UN expert stresses the need for a human rights-based approach to underpin discussions in that field and make sure we will adequately address current and future challenges and ensure sufficient protection of older people’s rights.

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Peggy Hicks

Since January 2016, Peggy Hicks has served as director of the Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division at the UN's human rights office. From 2005 to 2015, she was global advocacy director at Human Rights Watch, where she was responsible for coordinating... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
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